Nasrallah Rejects Placing Preconditions on Dialogue: We Have No Enemies in Lebanonإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah slammed on Sunday “some sides' boycott of the national dialogue,” rejecting any preconditions being placed on the all-party talks.
He said in an indirect reference to the March 14-led opposition: “Some sides are approaching the dialogue in a condescending manner and we will adopt a similar approach to whoever adopts this attitude.”
“We are keen on stability, dialogue, and coexistence among all Lebanese as demonstrated by our actions,” he added during a speech marking the peak of the Ashoura rituals.
“We are keen on averting strife and Israel is our only enemy. We have no enemies in Lebanon,” he stressed.
“Political divisions exist, but we do not view any camp as an enemy,” he emphasized before the crowd that had been marking Ashoura on Sunday morning.
“We have always believed that political dialogue and communication is the best way to solve national, economic, and social crises in Lebanon. We have never once rejected dialogue,” Nasrallah continued.
He added that Hizbullah is prepared to comply with the call to resume dialogue that was issued on November 29.
The March 14 camp announced in October its boycott of government-related activity, including the national dialogue.
It started the boycott in protest against the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan on October 19.
It accused Syria of being behind the murder and has blamed the government, which is comprised of mainly Syria's allies, of covering up the crime.
Addressing regional developments, Nasrallah remarked: “Combating the American-Zionist threat is our primary priority.”
“Some sides in the Arab world are trying to present Israel as a friend and Iran as an enemy,” he cautioned.
“I warn some sides against turning enemies into friends and friends into enemies,” added Nasrallah.
“Be warned that anyone seeking to portray Iran as an enemy is serving Israel,” stressed the Hizbullah leader.
On the possibility of Israel waging a new attack on Lebanon, Nasrallah wondered: “How can Israel consider to attack Lebanon when it will be met with tens of thousands of rockets that will rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli territories?”
“A battle with Lebanon will reach the whole of Israel,” he declared.